August 17th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Eggs recalled over salmonella concerns

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling some of its eggs out of concern they may be tainted with salmonella bacteria.

After an uptick in salmonella infections, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration, traced the source and determined it was most likely eggs from Wright County Egg.  The company says it is working to determine how the shell eggs are being contaminated.

Wright County Egg packages shell egg products under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. The brands are distributed nationwide. The recall affects eggs packed in several different sized cartons, from a half dozen to 18-eggs.

The Egg Safety Center says recalled eggs are in cartons with a three-digit code ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946.  The numbers are on one end of the egg carton.

Consumers are encouraged to return the eggs in their original packaging  to where they were purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella bacteria can be found inside and outside of eggs that appear to be normal.  For more information from the CDC on ways to reduce the risk of Salmonella poisoning from eggs click here.

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  1. smiley girl

    I don't understand how the salmonella poisonings got worse, do alot more people than we think just not like their eggs all the way cooked? Or has the bacteria that is salmonella gotten stronger? Either way we have to be more carefull on how cook our eggs... not even breakfast is safe anymore!

    August 18, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Abby

    Geez, all these people scared to death of eggs... True, this is a recall, but the "OMG YOU MUST **ALWAYS** COOK EGGS" is a bit overboard.

    Cook them right now during this recall if you have bought these brands. After this recall is over, eating raw eggs isn't really more dangerous than eating raw spinach or any other product that has been recalled for salmonella.

    Statistically the contamination for salmonella in eggs is 1 in 30,000; which comes out to the average person maybe coming across a contaminated egg once every 42 years.

    August 18, 2010 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Trust No One

      You are not right. Eating uncooked raw eggs in today's time is NOT advisable at all.
      Especially if these eggs come from a large scale farms. The family farmers of this country have
      know raw eggs aren't safe and have been deemed unsafe to eat raw since the 80's!

      August 19, 2010 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
  3. Will

    Did any of these eggs go to further processing plants? If yes, what steps did the further processing plants take to ensure that this outbreak doesn't spread?

    Did any of these eggs go to further processing plants?

    So, did any of these

    August 18, 2010 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Will

    If there was a recall on shelled eggs, this my mean that salmonella has infected more than every 1 and 10,000 eggs. This could be a serious health threat.

    Maybe its time to audit the manufacturing process by a trusted source

    August 18, 2010 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Keith

    Where is Sinclair Lewis when we need him? Better yet, why aren't you buying products not produced by agribusinesses? Ah, yes! You are cheap. Meat should be cheap. Eggs should be cheap. Vegetables should be cheap. And they could be if Agribusiness wasn't like Walmart squeezing all the family owned farms out of business because of the cheaper prices. I have noticed that the organic foods from small farms do indeed taste better despite their lack of antibiotics - and they cost a little bit more. But, I don't have to worry.

    August 18, 2010 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply

    "Trust No One", I will not attack you directy or indirectly for that matter, but I want to say that you should be ashamed of yourself for attempting to throw a company like Rose Acre Farms under the bus. They are not the parent company of any of the companies mentioned actually, and you sound like a disgruntled ex-employee, but I still don't think lying is necessary.
    Wright County Egg Farm is owned by Jack DeKoster, Rose Acre Farms is owned by the Rust family. Not the same, no affiliation. Rose Acre is the 3rd largest egg producer in the United States and complies with all FDA regulations. You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to smear a good name.

    August 19, 2010 at 00:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Trust No One

      They are affiliated, they produce and market Dutch Farms and several other of the brands listed and they own six egg farms in Iowa.
      As for throwing them under the bus they deserve to be there under that bus.

      Not an ex-employee either, would never work for monsters that kill baby birds like that.

      Everything I wrote was true, down to them stealing the company from their own father!!!
      We have one of these farms in our county and several in counties surrounding us
      and WE know WHO owns these places and all about their
      bad business practices and the cruelty that they treat the birds in these farms with on a daily basis.

      When the old man ran Rose Acres it was never like it is today! Waves at Marcus or which ever one of the kids are here trying to make themselves look better!!!!
      Heck they demoted an employee of over twenty five years because he needed a time off work because his wife had a major medical emergency and almost died….Yes my friend Rose Acres is a wonderland of place to work….NOT!

      August 19, 2010 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      @ Trust no On

      not a single egg from Rose Acres has been part of the recall, Wright County was using Dutch Farms egg cartons without permission, they were doing this illegally, google Dutch Farms and you will see. unfair assumptions and accusations are only going to confuse consumers.

      August 21, 2010 at 00:28 | Report abuse |
  7. R.Eastes

    @ Amanda. That's putting it mildly. I use to haul Boar's, Sow's, and feeder pigs up to 225lbs the first two were much heavier. I've seen drivers especially in the '70s shock steady and repeatedly and when that didn't faze the animal they took a tire billy with a metal band on the tip and began to beat them in the head often the animal died, but was processed sometimes for feed. Employees use to use a hand gun on each pig then wrap a shackle fastened to an overhead conveyer around one leg and off they went into the plant. Once the 38 didn't kill, and the animal began chasing the man all over the kill floor; about 15 minutes later it died and it too was processed. Waste not. They don't use weapons anymore. Last I heard they use 220V to stun them before hanging them up.

    August 20, 2010 at 01:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Avery

    I think a lot of people are very misinformed when it comes to the safety of their eggs. Bacteria, such as salmonella is a NATURAL thing. Organic, brown, farmers market and "local" eggs can have bacteria. Salmonella can be on the inside of the egg or the outside. If you thinking cooking a contaminated egg completely means you're safe there is still the possibility you cross contaminated your whole kitchen and could still get sick! Buy pasteurized eggs to avoid this problem. If the egg is pasteurized all bacteria including salmonella is killed making it safe to eat them raw or over easy if you want! Check out Safeeggs.

    August 20, 2010 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Cecil H. Miller

    Where is the list of brands of eggs tainted with salmanella?

    August 21, 2010 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Gary Gardner

    Go vegan.

    August 23, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tychae

      get a life dude!!!!!!!!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 08:46 | Report abuse |
  11. Natalie

    Maybe this is the chickens revenge for cramming them into tiny cages all their lives and using them as egg laying machines and then slitting their throats.

    August 24, 2010 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tychae

    i think its all the chickens fault and the farmer for what ever he feeds them

    August 25, 2010 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
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